Connections: Meditation for the Second Week of Advent
Bishop Ward reflects on peace, the theme for the second week of Advent, in this week’s Connections.
Important Dates from the Treasurer’s Office
Please note the following deadlines for submission of year-end givings to the Treasurer’s Office: ** Dec. 31- All “Special Sunday” givings (Humans Relations Sunday offering, One Great Hour of Sharing, Native American Ministry Sunday offering, Peace with Justice Sunday offering, World Communion Sunday offering, and UM Student Day offering) are due. Offerings received in the Treasurer’s Office after this date will be credited to 2013 giving. Go to Special Sundays, for more information about the six Special Sunday offerings designated by General Conference. ** Jan. 16 – All 2012 Apportionment and Advance Special receipts are due in the Treasurer’s Office by 8:30 a.m. For more information on 2012 Advance Special projects, go to Mission and Service and turn to page 11. Call Diana Hunter at 919-779-6115, ext. 232 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
YSF grant applications due January 4
Youth Service Fund (YSF) is a mission fund exclusively of United Methodist Youth. YSF is money raised by youth, spent by youth to benefit youth. For every dollar of YSF money raised, $.30 goes to the General Church Division on Ministries with Young People where youth from across the US determine grants given to ministries helping youth across the world. The $.70 that remains in the NC Conference is used 1/3 for Conference youth ministry, 1/3 for In-Conference projects and 1/3 for Out-of-Conference Projects. Grant applications must be postmarked by Jan. 4 to be considered. Grants are determined in January and funds distributed in February and March. Grant applications are available from the Youth Ministries Office at YSF Grant Application.
5 Keys to a successful stewardship campaign
What if faithful stewardship were more than a campaign? What if it were a mindset? And what if stewardship were incorporated into every season? Learn five components of a strong stewardship program here.
Faith Summit on Child Poverty
January 24, 2013 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Union Baptist Church: Durham This Summit, co-sponsored by the Methodist Federation for Social Action/the Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry, will focus on action steps congregations and agencies can take to reduce child poverty. Breakout sessions will focus on three age groups— birth to 5, ages 6 to 12, ages 13 to 18. Speakers will include J. Herbert Nelson, director of the Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church USA and William Barber, State President of the NAACP. There is no registration fee but a $10 donation for lunch is recommended. Reservations must be made to reserve lunch. Register now for 2013 Faith Summit on Poverty.
Webinars provide information and training for local church leaders
The General Board of Discipleship is continuing to make available training webinars for specific leaders in the local church. Some of the upcoming webinars include: “Stewardship and Finance: Getting It Right at the Starting Line” Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. CST. For Stewardship Team, Finance Committee, or Church Council – if your work in the church deals with people’s giving, you want to start off on the right foot. “SPRC Plans the Year” Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. CST Building positive relationships between staff and congregation increases vitality and discipleship. Goal setting, evaluation, job descriptions, benefits and healthy work place responsibilities will be covered for new and returning committee members. “Lay Leader: What Do I Do?” Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. CST Expectations vary for this position! Learn from congregations of all sizes, the Book of Discipline, and actual experiences to make this role effective in your congregation. These training opportunities are made available through World Service giving. Register for these and many other training events at www.gbod.org/webinars.